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Sympathy - Poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar

I know what the caged bird feels, alas!
When the sun is bright on the upland slopes;
When the wind stirs soft through the springing grass,
And the river flows like a stream of glass;
When the first bird sings and the first bud opes,
And the faint perfume from its chalice steals--
I know what the caged bird feels!

I know why the caged bird beats his wing
Till its blood is red on the cruel bars;
For he must fly back to his perch and cling
When he fain would be on the bough a-swing;
And a pain still throbs in the old, old scars
And they pulse again with a keener sting--
I know why he beats his wing!

I know why the caged bird sings, ah me,
When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,--
When he beats his bars and he would be free;
It is not a carol of joy or glee,
But a prayer that he sends from his heart's deep core,
But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings--
I know why the caged bird sings!

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  • Rookie saraf (6/12/2018 5:46:00 PM)

    when the poet says but a plea and upwards to heaven he flings, well in other words what can flings replace as/? ? ? ? ? / (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Sarah (4/24/2018 9:55:00 PM)

    Great poem, I see Mr Dunbar, working as a elevator boy, inside this steel cage, waiting and praying, sending a song straight from his heart to God, just as David did while watched his sheep in the fields. (Report) Reply

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  • Silver Star - 3,177 Points Kshirod Kumar Dehury (12/4/2017 7:26:00 AM)

    i love this poem, thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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Sympathy Poems
  1. 1. Sympathy
    Paul Laurence Dunbar
  2. 2. A Pocketful Of Sympathy
    Alison Cassidy
  3. 3. Sympathy
    Rabindranath Tagore
  4. 4. Sympathy
    Emma Lazarus
  5. 5. Sympathy
    Emily Jane Brontë
  6. 6. Accept My Sympathy
    Lovina Sylvia Chidi
  7. 7. Giggling Sympathy!
  8. 8. Sympathy
    Eileen Myles
  9. 9. Sympathy
    Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  10. 10. A Token Of Sympathy
    Sylvia Frances Chan
  11. 11. Whimper Of Sympathy
    George Meredith
  12. 12. Sympathy
    Henry David Thoreau
  13. 13. Show Sympathy
    Hasmukh Amathalal
  14. 14. If You Give Me Sympathy Right Now
    maggie oke
  15. 15. Have My Sympathy, Squirrel
  16. 16. Empathy And Sympathy.
    Bazi alis Subrata Ray
  17. 17. Why I Sympathy You [1]
    Irvan Hermawan Saichu
  18. 18. ##32 (Vivekananda) Sympathy For Untouch..
    Rajaram Ramachandran
  19. 19. Why I Sympathy You [2]
    Irvan Hermawan Saichu
  20. 20. Sympathy
    Mario,Lucien,Rene Odekerken
  21. 21. Your Affection, Your Sympathy, I Need Th..
    Bijay Kant Dubey
  22. 22. Sympathy Of Life
    Bernard F. Asuncion
  23. 23. Loosing Sympathy Ground
    Hasmukh Amathalal
  24. 24. Sympathy
    Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  25. 25. Learned Helplessness Sympathy Syndrome
    Terence George Craddock (aft ..
  26. 26. Sympathy For God
    Aldo Kraas
  27. 27. Without Donated Sympathy
    Lawrence S. Pertillar
  28. 28. Tea And No Sympathy
    Sonny Rainshine
  29. 29. Sympathy
    Greg Dills
  30. 30. In Sympathy Melt - For Jen Walls
    C. P. Sharma
  31. 31. Sympathy Symphony
    RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  32. 32. Sympathy
    Vishesh Bohre
  33. 33. The Truth About Sympathy
    Tara Teeling
  34. 34. If You Ask For My Sympathy...
    Michael Fischer
  35. 35. Pleasure Was No Sympathy
    Amy Ormonde
  36. 36. They Don'T Have Any Sympathy For Me
    Aldo Kraas
  37. 37. Sympathy
  38. 38. I Have No Sympathy For You
    Ronell Warren Alman
  39. 39. Sympathy Is Not Given
    Lawrence S. Pertillar
  40. 40. In Sympathy In Pain
    Seema Chowdhury
  41. 41. Tea For Sympathy
    Maria Sudibyo
  42. 42. Sympathy
    George MacDonald
  43. 43. Sympathy
    Stefanie Fontker
  44. 44. For Sympathy
  45. 45. She Does Deserve Great Sympathy
    Francis Duggan
  46. 46. Façade Of Sympathy
    Trade Martin
  47. 47. Sympathy...
    hazem al jaber
  48. 48. If You Want My Sympathy For Him
    Aldo Kraas
  49. 49. Sympathy
    Robert William Service
  50. 50. Sympathy
    Pradip Chattopadhyay

Sympathy Poems

  1. Sympathy

    There should be no despair for you While nightly stars are burning, While evening pours its silent dew And sunshine gilds the morning. There should be no despair - though tears May flow down like a river: Are not the best beloved of years Around your heart forever? They weep - you weep - it must be so; Winds sigh as you are sighing, And Winter sheds his grief in snow Where Autumn's leaves are lying: Yet these revive, and from their fate Your fate cannot be parted, Then journey on, if not elate, Still, never broken-hearted!

  2. Sympathy

    Therefore I dare reveal my private woe, The secret blots of my imperfect heart, Nor strive to shrink or swell mine own desert, Nor beautify nor hide. For this I know, That even as I am, thou also art. Thou past heroic forms unmoved shalt go, To pause and bide with me, to whisper low: "Not I alone am weak, not I apart Must suffer, struggle, conquer day by day. Here is my very cross by strangers borne, Here is my bosom-sin wherefrom I pray Hourly deliverance--this my rose, my thorn. This woman my soul's need can understand, Stretching o'er silent gulfs her sister hand."

  3. Sympathy

    If I were only a little puppy, not your baby, mother dear, would you say "No" to me if I tried to eat from your dish? Would you drive me off, saying to me, "Get away, you naughty little puppy?" Then go, mother, go! I will never come to you when you call me, and never let you feed me any more. If I were only a little green parrot, and not your baby, mother dear, would you keep me chained lest I should fly away? Would you shake your finger at me and say, "What an ungrateful wretch of a bird! It is gnawing at its chain day and night?" The go, mother, go! I will run away into the woods; I will never let you take me in your arms again.

  4. A Pocketful Of Sympathy

    A pocketful of sympathy Is really rather wonderful To stop a scratch from stinging Or a bruise from black and bluing A pocketful of sympathy Can stop a heart from hurting Or catch a tear that's falling Like a raindropp down a cheek A pocketful of sympathy Costs absolutely nothing It's the cheapest kind of plaster That you'll ever ever find And a pocketful of sympathy Is like Lindsay's Magic Pudding 'Cos the more of it you give away The more you leave behind

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